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Lizziebeth1 Posted 1 year ago
Any advice on traveling solo? Lost my husband and soulmate 18 months ago we were frequent travellers, now feeling strong enough to start life over again and as most of friends in couples this seems the next step.
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    • Sue58 12th March 2021 at 10:39 am

      I know there is a group on Facebook for single people wanting to travel to Lanzarote. I know a lot go on the Costa teguise Lanzarote Facebook site who are solo travellers and say they feel very safe there.

    • Lizziebeth1 12th March 2021 at 11:35 am

      Thanks for this info Sue, this is great for me, My late husband and I travelled to Lanzarote at least two, three times a year I love it there, but now I’m on my own I have to wait for friends to be available to accompany me, this site would enable maybe me to maybe hook up with people who are travelling there alone. Do you know what the group is called? x

    • Jedde 12th March 2021 at 2:14 pm

      Hi Lizziebeth,
      I’ve been a solo traveller since my divorce in 1982 & love it.
      Firstly I travelled everywhere with my 2 children, from Africa to both Europe & USA.
      After they left home it was everywhere else that I could afford & wanted to visit from Australasia & the Far East to South America & Eastern Europe.
      All soooo exciting but always better shared. A few friends & family have occasionally accompanied me but am on the look out for others to share such amazing experiences.
      However if you just want advice then please ask & I’ll help as much as I can.
      Best wishes.
      June in North West Wales

    • Lizziebeth1 12th March 2021 at 5:27 pm

      Hi June, wow you are well travelled, I’m very envious. I am really hoping that this new found confidence that I have as a single traveller will continue, although I use the term single traveller very loosely as I know I will never travel totally alone it would have to be in a organised group of single travellers or new travelling companions x

    • FawltyBasil 12th March 2021 at 7:08 pm

      Good luck with your travels, any advice I could give you has already been posted on here. I can help if you plan to visit Mauritius though.

    • E-man 13th March 2021 at 4:28 pm

      Its taken me 4.5 years , Lizzie and after surviing a year on my own in lockdowns and still positive I am going ready or not .I’ve got a solid gold profile without spilling anything and I fancy driving about the UK or even northern France , Making contact with a travel mate is the next task . ” Just DO It !”

    • Beryl20 30th March 2021 at 10:06 am

      I lost my husband of 33 years in January and am still trying to come to terms with it. We travelled so extensively and had so many plans going forward. I would love to continue but it is daunting on your own. I will get there at some stage but at the moment it seems far away. Just trying to meet new people at the moment.

      • Lizziebeth1 30th March 2021 at 5:56 pm

        It is soo hard Beryl, it does take time but you will get there, I never thought I would, it took me 19 months after my husband past away before I felt strong enough to make any effort to reach out and meet new people, life is too short, there’s a big wide world out there you’ve just got to go for it when the time is right, I have met some ladies on here and we have been doing zoom coffee morning etc if you want I can give you the link? x

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 30th March 2021 at 10:23 am

      I’ve travelled alone for years now and the best holidays I’ve had have been cruises. Hating the fact that it’s not possible at the moment, but would recommend giving it a try when travel restrictions allow. There are always lots of other solo travellers and most cruise lines organise solo meet ups etc. However, because of the scale of modern ships you don’t need to get stuck with people if you don’t feel like it. Most importantly for me, I get to see lots of new places whilst travelling in comfort and safety. Lots of people hate the thought of cruises, but usually they are the ones that haven’t tried it 😊

      • Toffee196 27th April 2021 at 1:59 pm

        Hi EllieBee, can you recommend any particular cruise lines in respect of the way they treat solo travellers? Also, I’d absolutely hate all the pomp of gala nights. Like to keep it all casual on hol. Cheers. Kev

        • Anonymous User (no longer active) 27th April 2021 at 2:16 pm

          Hi Kev
          Firstly, in my experience the gala nights are there for the folks that like a bit of glam, but there’s always plenty of people that prefer to stay casual – you wouldn’t feel out of place and there are always lots of choices of restaurants etc if you want to avoid the tuxedos. I haven’t tried all the cruise lines by any means, but I’ve travelled with P & O a number of times and like Brittania as it has solo cabins (high up in the ship so feel quite exclusive). Last cruise was with Marella.. lower rating and older/repurposed ships and less entertainment etc but still really enjoyable.. and inclusive drinks! Don’t know how it will all work now though.. I’m booked for Jan 22 (should have gone last November 😪) so fingers crossed things will improve. Covid aside.. give it a try! The only people I’ve ever met that claim to hate cruises have never actually been on one 🤔

        • Anonymous User (no longer active) 27th April 2021 at 2:20 pm

          Oops sorry didn’t actually answer your question.. all the ships I’ve travelled on are very welcoming to solo passengers and have meet up for those that want them. There are always lots of people travelling alone so you won’t feel out of place ☺

        • Toffee196 27th April 2021 at 2:41 pm

          Thanks for taking the time to respond EllieBee. That was most helpful. I did think I would feel uncomfortable surrounded by all the guys in tuxes! Great for people who enjoy that type of thing though. Like the idea of those Britannia cabins. Have a lovely time in Jan – it will be here before you know it! 🙂

      • adeliza0165 28th April 2021 at 10:12 am

        I’ve always wanted to do cruises and seeing so many places on one holiday, but because of my experience on ferries and having to take travel sickness tablets, I feel that if I was on a cruise ship, I would have to be on travel sickness tablets most of the holiday 😐

        • Anonymous User (no longer active) 28th April 2021 at 2:10 pm

          I totally understand that fear.. I suffer badly from motion sickness to the point where I have refused lifts in cars and avoid even shorts trips on small boats. Although large ships are well stabilised in comparison to ferries (also very rough seas are less common in places like the Caribbean) it can be an issue if you’re prone to motion sickness. I get around this by planning ahead – so I start taking half a tablet at bedtime for 5-7 days before travel and keep it going throughout the first week onboard, with a full tablet on the first day at sea. I probably don’t really need them, but it makes me feel safer! By the 2nd week I find my sea legs and forget about the tablets. Bear in mind that although every cruise has days at sea, most days are in port, sailing in the evening and overnight. So please don’t let that worry put you off cruises – it’s a great way for a solo traveller to see the world and I’m sure you’d love it!

        • adeliza0165 29th April 2021 at 5:05 am

          Thanks for the advice – the Caribbean sounds like a good place to start 😊

    • Lizziebeth1 30th March 2021 at 5:58 pm

      A few people have recommended cruises Ellie, I think I will try, thanks for the info x

    • San cyc 24th April 2021 at 9:10 am

      Me too exactly the same . when we were allowed went to Norfolk to see how I coped and found that I enjoyed it . I think baby steps at first , At least on your own you can do what you want when you want .I am a cyclist and Walker . Married for 45 years and miss him every day .but life must go on

    • Beryl20 25th April 2021 at 1:57 pm

      I am the same. Travelled so much with my husband and cannot imagine travelling without him. A cruise might be the answer.

    • tudor59 9th May 2021 at 9:22 pm

      Yes i have will answer you in more detail tomorrow you are at the stage i was then my life took a turn to change my life. https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2020-08-05/dog-leads-owner-the-canine-co-driver-helping-a-widower-through-grief?fbclid=IwAR1e2wtY8fw-8jHQUDdqrrN5cUf46QEy51ivQhh_Qz8Nb2u9Zh7YEmb9FQA

      • Sandyg 3rd June 2021 at 4:33 pm

        gosh, whats this about then? Sounds intriguing but clicking on the link comes up straightaway with compulsory cookies acceptance, which i always opt out of ,but you can’t here.

    • Brighton Belle 3rd June 2021 at 8:29 am

      If you go on Facebook and join “Solos Holidays for over 55s” on events lots holidays for those who want company to travel -Ive booked Benidorm for 29th November-6th November for my birthday at Marina Hotel where I’ve stopped before very nice hotel

    • Helen- diane 3rd June 2021 at 9:26 am

      Hello , I know how you feel , I lost my husband 8 years ago , we loved to travel and see all sorts of wonderful countries and areas of the uk . I have found that the supplement for travelling alone is so high , that I have been unable to go alone. I not frightened or worried about going anywhere alone and when I have I have been far from lonely . Give it a go if you can afford it . You’ll be fine . Good luck x

    • wilkie1654 3rd June 2021 at 12:48 pm

      I have yet to try being on holiday on my own almost 2 years since I lost my soul mate , cannot decide what to do we travelled so much together .

    • Gw 5th June 2021 at 7:43 am

      I agree with the other comments. You just have to be brave. You either do it or you never go anywhere. Start ticking off that bucket list. I’ve missed my trips abroad during lockdown.

    • Anonymous User (no longer active) 5th June 2021 at 11:35 pm

      i,m in a few solo/single camping and motorhome groups , and although I havnt yet done any meetings ( covid stuff) I have found them interesting and informative ,,might be worth a try Lizziebeth1

    • Deleted User 6th June 2021 at 8:55 am

      Hi. There are a variety of companies out there that cater specifically for solo travellers. You can also go on escorted tour holidays or ones of interest such as yoga retreats, hiking, etc.
      If you need any information, give me a shout and I’ll give you some names of companies I deal with.

      It is a big step travelling solo but worth it once you’ve done it 🙂

    • paulinevaughan2015 6th June 2021 at 9:25 am

      Currently enjoying Scotland on my own and having a great time

    • Lizziebeth1 6th June 2021 at 10:38 am

      Looks lovely Pauline beautiful scenery

    • Cerie’s time4travel 6th June 2021 at 1:12 pm

      There are many companies that do trips for solo travellers, lots of them have specific dates where they do t charge extra for singles. You will be well looked after by the tour guide if that’s what you choose to do. If you ah e anything particular in mind I would be happy to guide you through finding the right trip

    • Tim17 6th June 2021 at 10:33 pm

      Hi there done this myself went to Bali for 7 days my advice is just try 7 days first n book a nice hotel with everything near u this way u can shops n restaurants out of busy times that way u dont feel odd person out eating in restaurants that’s my advice hope it helps

      • Lizziebeth1 17th June 2021 at 4:49 pm

        Yes it has, thanks, In fact all the encouragement and advice on here has certainly helped and given me the confidence to book my first solo holiday

    • Zoya 6th June 2021 at 11:34 pm

      I’m divorced and also find it really hard finding someone to travel with. Travelling is a passion with me and paying the single supplement is so irritating. I’m going to try to find groups that go Travelling together ❤

    • Maureen2000 17th June 2021 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Lizziebeth.
      So sorry to hear of ur loss. Early days yet luv. Yes it’s difficult to think about travelling alone although I’m sure you would meet lots of nice people. This has also crossed my mind as time is moving on.x

    • Lizziebeth1 17th June 2021 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks Maureen, I’ve now taken the plunge and booked with a solo’s holiday company x

    • Ron 7th November 2021 at 12:05 pm

      I lost my wife Nine years ago. We loved travelling down to Devon and Cornwall and also Turkey and Greece. You just have to go for it! I’ve been to China, Egypt (5 times) California and Vegas. I always manage to meet new friends!

    • LynetteS 7th November 2021 at 8:27 pm

      Sorry for you Loss Lizzie. Contact facebook groups in the country you wish to visit

      • Lizziebeth1 26th November 2021 at 1:24 pm

        Thank you Lynette. Since putting this post up last year I am now in a much better place, I have regained my confidence and back to feeling sociable again. I have now completed a solo holiday and joined a couple of solo groups on FB

    • eglanchamp 25th November 2021 at 9:14 pm

      You can go to some beautiful places like Germany where there are many castles and beautiful natural areas. I recommend you to have a more relaxed trip, take some excursions and talk to people. It would be great to travel around the country by train https://www.dbauskunft.com/de/; I find such trips very calming. There are many options on the internet on how to get to these places, read, look, look for information. Austria has charming cities, especially Vienna and Salzburg; Salzburg is next to Italy, so it seems more like an Italian city.

    • Lizziebeth1 26th November 2021 at 1:59 pm

      Since posting this last year I have completed my first solo holiday, albeit with a group of solo travellers, and have joined a couple of groups on fb for solo travellers and meet ups. these have been a life line for me and have helped me get back to a better place mentally and to have the confidence to mix with new people socially and have met some lovely people along the way. I still miss my hubbie every day but I’m trying to make the most of life and enjoy it. I would recommend to anyone who is in a similar situation to push yourself and just go for it, taking the first steps is the hardest, but you’ll be so glad you did. I was so nervous and stressed before I travelled alone but once there it was fine. Thank you to everyone who replied and encouraged me to go for it xx

    • Suz Cambridge 26th November 2021 at 2:10 pm

      Where did you go (any photos to share?) on your first solo trip? Just curious since Covid, I have been quite cautious about flying abroad, only driving by car around England.

    • Lizziebeth1 7th November 2021 at 5:07 pm

      Although very nervous I’ve experienced my first solo holiday, albeit within the safety of a solo’s group and was very enjoyable

    • Lizziebeth1 17th June 2021 at 4:44 pm

      Yes onwards and upwards and endless fun x